Yesterday, the Marathon boys and girls basketball teams defeated Whitney Point for the second time this week.
Marathon Boys Basketball vs. Whitney Point
Last night was a completely different game from what Tuesday brought us, as the Marathon Olympians faced off against Whitney Point for the second time this week.
Unlike game one, Marathon did not shoot very well from the three point arc and Whitney point capitalized on easy points in the paint; therefore making it a close game throughout the night.
At the end of the half both teams were tied at 22-22.
“This was definitely a different game than Tuesday's,” said Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland”. “Whitney Point played a triangle and two defense that made us struggle all night.”
In the third quarter, Marathon fell behind by four as the Whitney Point Eagles continued to pound inside the paint.
With it still being anyone’s game In the final quarter, sophomore Nate Walker hit a three-pointer to put the Olympians up for good; and Junior guard Braeden Morrison went 3 for 4 from the charity stripe to help the Olympians seal the game 46-42.
The Olympians were led by Morrison who had a 17 point game. Following Morrison were Conor Holland with 14 points and Walker with eight points.
“I was glad to see Morrison have a great game,” said Coach Holland. “He does so much for us on the defensive end that his offensive abilities sometimes get overlooked. He is a glue guy for this team that bailed us out tonight in the third quarter.”
Up next, the Olympians will host Southern Cayuga on Saturday, February 20th, 2021. The game is scheduled to start at 1pm.
Marathon Girls Basketball vs. Whitney Point
Last night proved to be a much tighter affair between the Marathon and Whitney Point in a rematch from Tuesday night’s game.
The first quarter saw Whitney Point take an early lead, but it would be short lived as Marathon’s stingy defense would lock down the paint and hold them to only seven points in the quarter.
“The other night they had a player score 12 inside points in the first quarter. I asked my girls to make some adjustments and they did a great job,” stated Marathon Head Coach Andrew Pierce.
Marathon held Whitney Point’s leading scorer from Tuesday’s 21 points (Jane Austenfield), to only 6 points on the night.
Marathon’s scoring was led by Brooke Tillotson’s 13 points in the first half. Senior Brooklin Drake hit a couple of timely jumpers to keep the lead, while Abby Ensign knocked down two jumpers of her own in the second quarter to give Marathon a five point lead (23-18) going into the half.
The second half continued being as close of a game as it could, Marathon would only get ahead by one point at the end of the third quarter (34-33). However, that was as close as Whitney Point would get the rest of the way with Marathon’s offense starting to take over the game. Tillotson went on to score 12 points in the final quarter on her way to a 30 point night. Abby Ensign hit a deep three to up her total for the night to 11 points, and Brooklin Drake chipped in with seven points of her own to give Marathon 50-41 win.
Up next, the Marathon Olympians will take on Southern Cayuga on the road this Saturday, February 20th, 2021. Tip off starts at 11am.